I was never up for daily use of mind mapping software. Still there is one program that I stick with for years – on and off, studying and missing numerous versions.
That program is PersonalBrain.
What it does
PersonalBrain is window in which you can create and interlink nodes, called thoughts. It’s very very freeform. There are no rules here like in word processor so you can go all out and create structures as you see fit. That’s the point.
- app is around for years, you don’t live through that by luck in software world;
- it scales very well from small structures to insanely large ones;
- linking outside to usual data allows creating even more complex structures while keeping them understandable (if only to you) and easy to navigate.
Interface is customizable but core elements stay more or less same. I patched together really small brain to fill one screen for screenshot purposes. Clickable for large version.
It’s hard to tell about value this type of software brings because everyone finds different use for it. Or none. It’s a good tool - some people carve wonders with it, some play a bit and get bored.
PersonalBrain is written in Java and is cross-platform. Basic version is free and sufficient for most users but there is also whole product lineup above it.
Home page http://www.thebrain.com/
Download page http://www.thebrain.com/#-53
Direct link (skips survey) http://www.thebrain.com/downloadcenter/PersonalBrain_windows_4_5_1_5.exe